Over the past few days a number of newspapers have published a story about Dr Richard Curtis, the London Doctor who specialises in the treatment of Transgender patients.
The London-based GP is accused of prescribing “hormones – to several patients” that were not appropriate and also ignoring restrictions placed on his practice.
Press reports can be read using the links below. I personally won’t be commenting on any of the reports in detail, I paid to see Dr Curtis twice so have my own opinion on his service.
From my own personal experience I have no problem what so ever in the way Dr Curtis handled my case and my issues, he followed guidelines, provided good and accurate in depth information, more so than the NHS at the time. More importantly he provided an alternative perspective on what was 2-3 years ago a very Victorian NHS system – no complaints about Dr Curtis from me! I would go as far to say that he in part helped save my life with his understanding and his determinant that I could be ‘cured’ of my crippling dysphoria – he gave me more hope if nothing else. Knowing I could be well again was enough for me to keep going.
Personally I believe anyone entering in to private surgery, treatments etc for Trangender issues are perfectly aware of what they are getting themselves into! More over I would suggest that many who go to see Richard Curtis haven’t got the answers they wanted from the NHS. Yes they may end up with regrets, of course this can happen, but surely as you have to sign consent, find a lot of money and have the determination to go private for treatment – SURELY you can’t have the ‘brass neck’ to blame someone else! Yes all the boxes should have been ticked, yes the guidelines should have been followed…but I myself know the international guidelines for transgender care we’re disregarded by the NHS! Practitioners within the NHS totally followed a different path with me and the treatment of my dysphoria for a very, very long time. The lack of care brought me very close to suicide and caused me no end of pain and psychological damage.
Dr Curtis in my mind operated a practice and gained clients because of the lack of appropriate care within the NHS along with the lack of proper understanding just how bad gender dysphoria is to live with. Dr Curtis at the end of the day KNOWS (being TS himself) just what it’s like, has real experience and more over a massive amount of real life empathy.
Personally I hope that the result of all the investigations draw one conclusion – that transgender care provision is reformed focusing on appropriate (within guidelines) person centred care. If you want to read the articles take a look using the links below.
- Doctor under fire for alleged errors prescribing sex-change hormones – The Guardian, Sunday 6 January 2013
- Dr Richard Curtis: transsexual doctor faces investigation – The Telegraph, 07 Jan 2013
- Transsexual doctor who charges £240-an-hour investigated over sex-change treatments after complaint by woman who regretted having her breasts removed – Daily Mail, 07 Jan 2012